How to Prep Your ATV for Before and After Each Ride

Categories: Self Storage, Storage Tips

Person riding ATV over a hill in the air

Every time you take your ATV out for a ride, it gets a little banged up. Not only should you check it before you put it back into vehicle storage, but there are a few things you should do prior to taking it out again. A-American Self Storage is sharing a few tips on how to prep your ATV for both after and before each ride.

Checklist Before You Ride

What kind of terrain you’re hitting will affect the way you prep your ATV. But the most in-depth prepping requirements will come before a day on the dunes. Sand has a way of creeping up into every crevice of your vehicle, just like it gets all over us, so follow this tips to ensure you and your bike live to ride another day.

Change Your Tires: If you have a brand new ATV, this might not be necessary. But if your ATV is older, you’ll need to change your rear paddles tires and front blade tires. If you can’t change them, let some air out of you current tires so they’ll get more grip.

Use Light Chain Oil: Sand can be very abrasive to your parts, so using a regular chain oil will only gunk things up and make it worse. Either use either a lighter oil or none at all.

Use Steel: Steel parts can stand up to sand much better than other metals like aluminum. This includes sprockets, in particular.

Bulk up Your Air Filter: Add some defense to your filter by using a pre-filter, and your engine will appreciate not being filled with grit.

Extra Fluids: Your bike works harder on sand, especially if you don’t have the right tires. Bring extra coolant and fuel, because you’ll most likely burn through both.

After the Ride

Before you put your ATV away for the day, do a full inspection focusing on a few really important parts. If you ended your ride with an extra dirty face, you’re going to need to start with changing the air filter. Another thing to think about is how deep you got into mud or water; this will have an impact on your oil and it will most likely also need to be changed. Double check that the radiator is clean, as well, because it can also get affected by mud and debris.

Next, do an inventory check of all your nuts and bolts, as the more jarring your ride, the looser they become. On some ATVs this can include:

  • Lug nuts
  • Pivot bolt
  • Wheel hubs
  • Axle nut
  • Skid plate bolts
  • Sprocket bolt

Crash and Learn

Everybody crashes every now and then; if we weren’t testing our skills we’d never learn how to get better. With that said, you need to perform an in-depth inspection of your ATV after a crash. First things first, make sure your controls still work and your tires are not damaged. If they are, get it back to your base point as soon as you can.

When you get back home, give it a good washing so you can get a better idea of what’s broken under all that dirt. Specifically look for damage to your gas tank and vehicle frame, like paint chips or cracks. If the frame is bent, it’s going to be tough to ride again so it might be time to take it to an expert.

Using Vehicle Storage for Your ATV

When it’s time to store it for the winter, consider using self storage for a safe, dry place it can hibernate. It stays out of the elements and pests that might use it for a temporary home. A-American Self Storage has locations across California, in St. Louis, Reno and even Hawaii. With so many storage units sizes to choose from, you’re sure to find the right fit for your ATV, without paying an arm and a leg. When it’s time to get it ready for vehicle storage, give us a call! Until then, get out there!